The latest scam alert from the FTC

There’s a new spin on scammers asking people to pay with cryptocurrency. It involves an impersonator, a QR code, and a trip to a store (directed by a scammer on the phone) to send your money to them through a cryptocurrency ATM. Our contacts at the Federal Trade Commission go into detail here.

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Property Scams

submitted by Kevin Quinn, Esq. CELJ has recently learned of several recent incidents where scammers have come to an individual’s home, insisting that they purchased the property in a foreclosure auction, and have demanded that the individual vacate the property immediately. Neither the City of Buffalo nor Erie County have held a foreclosure auction recently. …

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Scams: Learn the Red Flags during National Consumer Protection Week

The month of March began with National Consumer Protection Week.  The FTC has recently reported that Americans lost upwards of $3.3 billion to scams and fraud in 2020.  This is almost double the amount lost in 2019!  Just in New York State, which had the 9th highest rate of fraud reports to the FTC in…

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Census, Auto Warranty, and IRS Scams: SFST Bulletin for March

The SFST Bulletin is a monthly electronic publication written for financial professionals. Our goal is to increase awareness of legal issues faced by older adults in our community related to financial exploitation by providing these informative materials to financial professionals. Each month the SFST Bulletin will focus on new and timely topics that affect consumer…

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Helping Clients Where They Are: Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Still Active & Able to Assist!

submitted by Melissa Woods During these unusual times, Center for Elder Law and Justice is maintaining normalcy in its work in the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit. We are actively accepting new cases through both individual callers and agency referrals. Unfortunately, social isolation is prevalent during the COVID-19 outbreak, inevitably leading to loneliness, depression, and vulnerability.…

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